TEXARKANA, Ark. – A fire that broke out at a local plant Tuesday morning kept crews on the scene for more than four hours.
The Texarkana Arkansas Fire Department (TAFD) was called shortly before 8 a.m. to Tri-State Iron and Metal.
That’s where a large pile of recycling material debris was burning. The TAFD says the call was upgraded from one unit to two units and a battalion chief when the first crew responding saw the large amount of smoke from the fire.
With all TAFD units at the scene of the fire, the Texarkana Texas Fire Department was placed on standby to respond if any other call came in on the Arkansas side.
As firefighters started to battle the blaze, they were delayed until they could lay a water supply line to the closest fire hydrant that was more than 13-hundred feet away on Pinehurst Street.
Because of the need for a large amount of water and the loss of pressure from the long hose lay, Texarkana Water Utilities was called in to increase pressure in the water distribution system.
The Miller County Volunteer Fire Department was also called in to bring tanker trucks to supply even more water. They sent units from Mandeville, Genoa, Boggy Creek, and Trinity.
A rehab area was set up for the firefighters by the local American Red Cross.
The fire was under control by around 10:30 a.m. and the units were placed back in service shortly after noon.